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What is baroque music?
Why it is so rewarding
A Baroque Music Sampler
Baroque Composers' Portraits
Rare Baroque Instruments

A Special CD Double Album Sampler for Baroque-Music-Lovers

A Special CD Double Album sampling Bach's varied output

Bach at age 35

Arcangelo Corelli
Biography  |  CD

Domenico Scarlatti
Biography  |  CD

Antonio Vivaldi
Biography  |  CD

Willem van Wassenaer
Biography  |  CD

Johann Josef Fux
Biography  |  CD

Alessandro Scarlatti
Biography  |  CD

George Frideric Handel

Henry Purcell

Bach on Silbermann organs CD

a 2-DVD set.

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This site contains everything you need to know about baroque music... well, not quite. Because there's so much you can learn, so much pleasure to be gained not by reading about it, but by listening! Click the two images on your left to download 150 minutes each of Baroque (all major composers) and Bach (every aspect of his work).

For further exploration The Baroque Music Library contains 130 CD titles which together cover all the major composers (and a few unknown ones) with a broad selection of their music.

Our recommendation: Bach's Trio Sonatas for 2 Manuals and Pedal
performed on the Pedal-Harpsichord.

What is the essence of baroque music? Baroque music expresses order, the fundamental order of the universe. Yet it is always lively and tuneful. Music reflects the mood of the times, then as now as always. Follow the development of music through this brief outline, from the earliest times to the present day, with baroque music in historical context.

Get to know the major baroque composers better through their portraits.

Music and its performance has its fashions, like everything else. There are currently two schools of thought in the performance of baroque music: the “modern” and the “authentic” – though both names are misleading. A little knowledge of these alternatives will guide you in your subsequent choice of recordings.

Why not delve yet further into the world of baroque performance? Read about one of Bach's favorite keyboard instruments, custom-built to his own specifications, yet now almost impossible to hear on record. Or discover the difference between the Italian violin bow which we know today, and the German baroque bow which is never seen nor heard today, though popular in baroque Germany (check the accompanying illustration from 1732). The vital difference: the German bow can play chords - which makes Bach's pieces for solo violin infinitely more interesting, not to mention accurate!

Biographical notes on some of the better-known baroque composers - Albinoni, JS Bach, Corelli, Geminiani, Handel, Scarlatti, Telemann and others - plus notes on influential musical centers and developments in different countries, illustrating the origins of “baroque”, and the breadth of baroque musical “globalisation”!
     BAROQUE COMPOSERS & MUSICIANS – an overall survey.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Contemporary with, and a personal friend of JS Bach was one of the two leading baroque organ-builders: Gottfried Silbermann. There are still some 30 of Silbermann's organs extant in Saxony, southern Germany, many in near-original condition, from the small village organs in which he excelled, to the 3-Manual, 44-Stop organ in Freiberg Cathedral. This site offers a group of pages, together giving you an illustrated tour and all the information you need for a visit! We prepared this site for, and in conjunction with the Silbermann Museum in Frauenstein, Saxony.
     Master Organ-Builder of the German Baroque.

Musician Biographies:

The Baroque Music Library
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Baroque Music Guide
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